Venice Family Clinic Art Walk and Auction Raises One Million Dollars
Art lovers and art collectors descended upon Google’s Headquarters in Venice, California Friday night for the 40th Annual Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction VIP Preview. The event supports the Clinic’s mission to provide quality health care for people in need. Upon arrival, we saw a unique sculpture from a well-known artist whisked away for $10,000 as guests could purchase pieces for the final bid to take home on the spot. Another stone sculpture of an eye that we heard sits in a Kelly Wearstler designed hotel nearby was efficiently replaced for the next eager bidder.
A light drizzle didn’t stop guests as they mingled over wine, signature cocktails, and a generous lengthy 10-foot charcuterie section while perusing the indoor/outdoor gallery space. We admired works of art from Shepard Fairey, Mike Miller x RETNA, Robert Rauschenberg, Gregory Siff, and monumental public artist Brad Howe. We were thrilled to see Howe’s pieces after touring his studio in Malibu and learning nothing made it after the fires.
Friday evening we spotted SNL’s Molly Shannon while other notable guests included Fritz Chesnut, Paul Lieberstein (The Office), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Simon Pegg, Camryn Manheim, Gary Baseman, Ivy Kagan Bierman, Rosson Crow, Laddie John Dill, Timo Fahler, Kim Fisher and Florian Morlat, Honor Fraser, John Geresi, Jane Glassman, Kellie and Jeff Hepper, Cathy Konrad, Kelly Lamb, Alice Lodge, Jamie Manné, Yassi Mazandi, Shulamit Nazarian, Soraya Nazarian, Jason Olive, Kristi Paulson, Krista Raine, Dr. Bill Resnick and Michael J. Stubbs, Ronnie Rubin, Leslie Rubinoff, Ry Rocklen, Azadeh Shladovsky, and Billie Weisman.
On Saturday the Venice Art Walk highlighted the works of more than 200 artists in a contemporary silent art auction and entertained all ages with studio tours, live music, a beer and wine garden, food trucks, hands-on art workshops, a family fun zone and more.
Contemporary artist, Laura Owens, was celebrated as the 2019 Signature Artist and was featured in the silent art auction along with significant pieces from emerging, mid-career and established artists like Kelly Akashi, Charles Arnoldi, John Baldessari, Gary Baseman, Billy Al Bengston, Andrea Bowers, Matthew Brandt, Rosson Crow, Guy Dill, Laddie John Dill, Sam Durant, Timo Fahler, Amir H. Fallah, Kim Fisher, Sam Francis, FriendsWithYou, Piero Golia, Ramiro Gomez, Alexandra Grant, DJ Hall, KAWS, Toba Khedoori, Edward Kienholz, Kelly Lamb, Dash Manley, Jennifer Moon, Andy Moses, Laura Owens, Raymond Pettibon, Vanessa Prager, Fay Ray, Ry Rocklen, Ed Ruscha, Alison Saar, Analia Saban, The Haas Brothers, Austyn Weiner, and many more.
“For 40 years, the Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction has been so much more than just a fundraising effort,” explains Elizabeth Benson Forer, CEO of Venice Family Clinic. “The Art Walk is an event for the community as well as its artists, many of whom have been contributing artwork to help support the Clinic since the beginning. It is the longstanding support from the community that makes it possible for us to provide quality health care to people who might otherwise have nowhere else to turn.”
The Venice Family Clinic funds quality health care services for 27,000 people in need at the Clinic’s 12 locations and through street medicine teams across Los Angeles regardless of income, insurance or immigration status. In total, this year’s Art Walk raised more than $1,000,000 in support of the Clinic’s mission. Bravo!
While admission to the silent auction and on-site activities are free, enthusiasts can meet the featured artists, see their work up-close and tour their studios by purchasing a Studio Tour ticket for $40. Tickets grant access to all of the studios located throughout Venice from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on May 19, along with a complimentary shuttle service to each and a limited edition 40th Annual Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction t-shirt.
As a freelance travel and food writer, Melissa's articles have been published on AAA World Magazine, Lonely Planet, Zagat Stories, Roadtrippers, Canadian Traveller, Business Insider, MoneyInc, Resident Magazine (NYC), JohnnyJet, World Footprints, and many more. Some of her favorite travel articles can be found in Darling Magazine. She also writes for local print magazines such as SoCal Life Magazine, Malibu Coast Lifestyle Magazine, Conejo Valley Lifestyle Magazine, LA Travel Magazine, and LA Downtowner. Her love of adventure and learning was fueled while traveling around the world at age 20 on Semester at Sea. She received a Master's degree in Education, taught in England on a Fulbright scholarship, and has been an educator for over 20 years. Over the last decade, she has worked with high profile families in the Los Angeles area.
After growing up in Connecticut and a decade in Washington, DC, west coast living has won her over. Living in LA for the last 13 years has brought Melissa so much joy - thus why LaLaScoop was born. A desire to cover and discover the Best of LA became a shared passion that expanded to numerous guest writers bringing the 'LaLaScoop. Besides writing and helping children learn on Zoom during the pandemic, Melissa spends her free time savoring the Malibu coastline, discovering new hikes, looking for unique finds for her new home, trying to cook new dishes for her husband, and taking DIY to a whole other level. Contact her at Melissa@lalascoop.com.
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